TimeBanking is designed to encourage connections between community members on the basis that everyone has something to give and everyone has needs. TimeBank members commit to "give and receive" using Time Credits earned and spent.
CORE VALUES: (Adopted from TimeBanks USA & Time Initiative of Maine ~ Thank You Stacey Jacobsohn!)
Assets: We are all assets. We all have something of value to contribute. In consideration of this, we honor the currency that we give and receive to each other, and work to restore dignity in asking for help. “Honoring” the currency means that one agrees to accept and record time credits earned and used in the TimeBank, and to monitor one’s account regularly.
Redefining Work: Some work is beyond price. We honor all work that has been undervalued or not valued in the market economy. Timebanking addresses inequality within the market economy by the removal of price. Every hour of work, no matter the nature of the work, is valued with one Hour. *StarTribe Hours members also acknowledge and value the time that goes into an offering (for example, preparation, transportation and completion.) Other terms are also used to describe the currency, yet all follow this principle of equality. The basic premise of this removal of price is that until we say that our time given for each other and our community has value, society as a whole will not value it either.
Reciprocity: Giving works better as a two-way street. It is natural for us to want to “pay back” when someone does us a favor, but in time banking, we pay it forward. In every exchange, givers and receivers are on equal ground. Reciprocity is defined in a higher form than barter, and also recognizes the imperative to honor receivers of charity by allowing them to share their strengths as well.
Respect: Everyone deserves a listen. We all matter, and we are accountable to each other. We make our requests and offers clearly, communicate honestly and in a timely manner, and treat other members with utmost respect at all times. If we have a conflict we cannot resolve peacefully, we avoid arguments and speak to our coordinator about the situation. We respect the leadership of the TimeBank to guide our actions and abide by their decisions. When unable to monitor our messages for more than a week, we will contact a coordinator to be placed “inactive” (i.e., vacations, job change, etc.).
Community: We need each other. Together, we can do much more than we can alone. We are building social capital, a network of local, reliable support, so that what we give to others will be available to us or our loved ones when we need it. We rely on each other, and work to bring others into the TimeBank that will make our network stronger and more diverse. All are welcome, but persuasion on economical, political or religious grounds is not.
I understand that the function of StarTribe Hours is to facilitate the exchange of services within the community in the spirit of the core values of TimeBanking. It is my responsibility to use the same caution I would in other circumstances to get to know a person, make reference checks, and use my instincts before engaging with another TimeBank participant - especially for babysitting, elder care, and driving. I understand that TimeBanks USA and StarTribe Hours shall have neither liability nor responsibility to any person or entity with respect to loss, damage, or injury caused or alleged to be caused directly or indirectly by information contained on this web site or any other TimeBank resources. I agree to indemnify and hold harmless all parties who facilitate or participate in TimeBank exchanges.This site provides information that may reveal aspects of members’ lives that they wish to keep private. For that reason, I pledge not to reveal any of the contents of this site that are associated with any members’ personal information.I have read these guidelines and agreements and I agree to abide by these core values, rules, and guidelines provided by TimeBanks USA and StarTribe Hours for proper and courteous behavior.
I pledge to proceed with good intent towards being of service to others in my community and treat others in the TimeBank with respect and kindness.
- I understand that I will receive messages from other members of my TimeBank through this web site. Notification of such messages will be sent to the email address I have registered with. I also understand that I will receive newsletters, broadcasts and alerts for my TimeBank from my Coordinator(s) through this web site.
- I agree that this site is not to be used for buying and selling and trading in illegal goods and services.
- I understand that any agreements shall be made solely by and between parties involved in this transaction. TimeBanks USA and StarTribe Hours will not be held responsible and will not assume any liability for claims, damages, or any other consequences which may arise from this arrangement.
- A commitment to the core values helps people to get into the spirit of TimeBanking and helps keep that spirit alive.
- I agree that my service or offering is in alignment with StarTribe Core Values.
- I agree to accept as many hours as I spend, in my own time